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CHARLES BRONSON IN THE MODERN NOIR TEMPLATE OF 'ST. IVES'

ST. IVES Stars: Charles Bronson, John Houseman, Jacqueline Bisset Year: 1976 Rating: ***1/2

The second of two Charles Bronson vehicles after DEATH WISH where Jeff Goldblum plays a member of a gang trio, this time as Hood #3 instead of Freak #1 for ST. IVES, a deliberately nostalgic gumshoe throwback liken to THE BIG SLEEP (ignited by the popularity of CHINATOWN) with Bronson as the snoopy, rough yet vulnerable Humphrey Bogart type, only a crime writer instead of private eye...

And, given a broad task by millionaire John Houseman to find some important papers within 1970's Downtown Los Angeles, Bronson's titular Ives roams from one location to another in the typical Noir fashion...

From J. Lee Thompson's ST. IVES

Which includes a string of last names from a woodwork of characters including stern cops, enigmatic lowlifes, shady businessmen and, with focused direction by Bronson collaborator J. Lee Thompson (this being their first), ST. IVES makes for semi-intriguing tough guy entertainment...

But is overall too mainstream for the niche gumshoe-genre's offbeat milieu, resembling more of a TV-movie/pilot (with glamorous rich girl Jacqueline Bisset thrown in for aesthetic) than the grainy b-movies from which it's inspired.

Charles Bronson in ST. IVES
Jeff Goldblum in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson and Jeff Goldblum in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson in ST. IVES with Harry Guardino
Cops Dana Elcar and Harry Guardino with hooker Lynn Borden in ST. IVES
Jacqueline Bisset in ST. IVES
Jacqueline Bisset in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson and Jacqueline Bisset in ST. IVES
Jeff Goldblum in ST. IVES with Mark Thomas
Jeff Goldblum as Freak 1 in DEATH WISH with Christopher Logan
Jeff Goldblum as Hood *3 in ST IVES
Jeff Goldblum in ST IVES
Charles Bronson in ST IVES
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Charles Bronson in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson in ST. IVES
Charles Bronson in ST. IVES

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